Meet the gatekeepers of students’ private lives
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Megan Waskiewicz used to sit at the top of the bleachers, rest her back against the wall and hide her face behind the glow of a laptop monitor. While...
By Mark Keierleber | May 12, 2022
This teen shared her troubles with a robot. Could AI ‘chatbots’ solve the youth mental health crisis?
This story is part of a series produced in partnership with The Guardian exploring the increasing role of artificial intelligence and surveillance in our everyday lives during the pandemic, including in schools. Fifteen-year-old Jordyne Lewis was stressed out. The high school sophomore from Harrisburg, North Carolina, was overwhelmed with schoolwork, never mind the uncertainty of living in a pandemic...
By Mark Keierleber | April 21, 2022
San Francisco ethnic studies courses produced major educational benefits, researchers find as country debates anti-racist teaching in schools
Amid a heated political feud over the way educators should teach students about the legacy of issues like white supremacy and slavery, a major new study points to a positive, lasting link between antiracist instruction and improved academic outcomes for teens who struggle in school. The study, published Sept. 14 in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the...
By Mark Keierleber | October 5, 2021
New research: Security report finds ed tech vulnerability that could have exposed millions of students to hacks during remote learning
A student monitoring company that thousands of schools used during remote and hybrid learning to ensure students were on task may have inadvertently exposed millions of kids to hackers online, according to a report released Monday by the security software company McAfee. The research, conducted by the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team, discovered the...
By Mark Keierleber | September 30, 2021
New TikTok trend has students stealing, vandalizing their schools for fame — a ‘devious lick’ for them, but another blow for struggling schools
A new TikTok trend that has turned students into clout-seeking kleptomaniacs may be nothing more to them than a “devious lick” — a successful theft for social media consumption — but for cash-strapped schools it could be a serious blow. In the last several weeks, a slew of videos have flooded TikTok showing students vandalizing and stealing paper...
By Mark Keierleber | September 27, 2021
Critical race theory and the new ‘massive resistance’
Why some are comparing the national backlash against anti-racist teaching to Virginia’s strident campaign to resist school desegregation after Brown v. Board of Education Arnold Ambers was still a teenager when he woke up at 4 a.m., jumped behind the wheel of a rickety bus and shuttled dozens of children to a nearby segregated elementary...
By Mark Keierleber | September 7, 2021
‘Cruel and vindictive’: Immigrant youth rally outside Houston courthouse after federal judge strikes down DACA
Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside a Houston courthouse on Monday demanding the Biden administration act swiftly to protect them after a federal judge halted an Obama-era program that provides deportation relief and work permits to hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents brought here as children. “It hurts deeply that my home state, the place I’ve grown...
By Mark Keierleber | July 21, 2021
A school discipline double-take: How Catherine Lhamon could turn back the clock with a renewed focus on persistent racial disparities — and ignite new feuds
When former President Donald Trump secured the White House, a top priority was clear from the onset: Erase the legacy of foe and predecessor Barack Obama. A newly sidelined Catherine Lhamon, who led the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights during the Obama administration, refused to watch quietly. Just months into Trump’s term, a ProPublica...
By Mark Keierleber | June 16, 2021
New study: After school shootings, well-off families flee and enrollment drops. Low-income kids are left to confront the aftermath
For more than a decade after the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, Frank DeAngelis held a simple promise: He’d stay on as principal until every student class enrolled in the district during the attack reached the graduation stage. Despite the community upheaval and media frenzy that followed the notorious massacre,...
By Mark Keierleber | June 7, 2021
How a Snapchat post laden with F-bombs and teen angst could give schools broad power over students’ off-campus speech — and why young leaders are fighting back
In a major Supreme Court case that could grant educators the power to regulate student speech far beyond the schoolhouse gate, the nation’s highest court is preparing to weigh the merits of a high school cheerleader’s profanity-laden social media post. Though the Snapchat post central to the case was filled with F-bombs and laden with...
By Mark Keierleber | April 28, 2021